ESSA Implementation and Updates
ESSA Implementation Update and Online Resources
NAEA continues to carefully monitor the implementation and appropriations process for the Every Student Succeeds Act; signed into law in December 2015, implementation will begin with the 2017-2018 school year.
Much of the activity since passage of ESSA in December 2015 has been both national and state-level efforts to further understand the provisions of the legislation, in an effort to develop guidance for state and local planning to implement the legislation next year. The U.S. Department of Education has just issued the following two related guidance documents - one for Title IV Part A Well-Rounded Education; and one for Early Childhood. They are available here. The Title IV Part A Well-Rounded Education and the Early Childhood guidance are available on the NAEA website (see list below under Additional Resources).
NAEA is playing a leadership role through service on the ESSA Working Group of the Arts Education Partnership which is bringing together leaders across the arts education associations to develop collective resources. In addition, the Education Commission of the States (the parent organization of the Arts Education Partnership) has issued the following ESSA Issues Briefs, also available at www.ecs.org:
ESSA: Mapping Opportunities for the Arts: This special report highlights the ways that states and districts can engage the arts in the ongoing work of ESSA.
ESSA's Well-Rounded Education: This report reviews the components of ESSA's prevalent "well-rounded education" concept and potential ways that states can support educational access for every student under this new law.
ESSA: Quick Guides on Top Issues: This report provides insight into 10 key areas of ESSA that have prompted questions and concerns from education leaders and policymakers as they prepare to implement this new law.
Collaborative Stakeholder Engagement: This report offers a framework for going beyond simply engaging stakeholders for input when creating a state plan for ESSA to collaborating with them to create shared goals and improved results.
There is no one set of "next steps" for supporting the arts within ESSA which applies to NAEA members in every state. Some states are convening more open forums for determining their state plans, while others are handling their ESSA "next steps" more discretely.
If you are interested in getting involved with the plans for ESSA, and supporting ways that the arts can be included in your state plan, NAEA encourages you to contact your state department of education fine arts specialist and/or ESSA contact identified by your state department of education. Ask -
More resources will be added to NAEA's ESSA area of the website (under Advocacy) as they become available. Feel free to post and share these documents with others (available through the Education Commission on the States website (ecs.org - look for Arts Education Partnership under the tab "initiatives").
ECS was created by states for states in 1965 to track policy, translate research, provide unbiased advice and create opportunities for state education policymakers to learn from each other. Education Commission of the States' policy team conducts research, delivers reports and provides expert counsel on the full spectrum of education policy issues - from early learning through postsecondary and workforce readiness. To assist state education leaders and policymakers, Education Commission of the States is creating resources and providing assistance related to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
The Arts Education Partnership is dedicated to advancing the arts in education through research, policy and practice towards a time where every student in America succeeds in school, work and life as a result of a high quality education in and through the arts. A national coalition of more than 100 education, arts, business, cultural, government, and philanthropic organizations, AEP was established in 1995 by the National Endowment for the Arts, the U.S. Department of Education, the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), and the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA).
NAEA works collaboratively with all of the arts education professional associations and national arts associations engaged with monitoring arts and education policy and federal appropriations for arts education.
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